Tankers and Spills

Oil spill impacts and response

Photo: Roengrit Kongmuang/GreenpeaceA major marine oil spill is expected in Canadian waters every seven years, and the Salish Sea has been identified as the region at highest risk in the country. Despite improvements in tanker safety, human error continues to be the leading cause of accidents and, as many experts have put it, an oil spill in our local waters is a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’.